Hair Thinning in Women Part 1: Finding the underlying cause

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At some point in time, everybody suffers from some sort of hair problem: Hair Thinning, Hair Loss, dryness, itching, etc. For every type of hair issue, there lies an underlying problem, which is often hard to detect. The condition can be hormonal, physical, psychological, or genetic. There are a number of treatments available for almost every type of hair issue however, not many are effective. Even if effective, many come with potential side effects.

Although women don’t suffer from actual baldness normally, thinning in women is as prevalent as hair loss in men. Hair thinning though is seen as a serious problem initially. It is a serious issue in itself, and you should not wait for the second stage—baldness—before starting treatment.

Finding the Underlying Cause

IMG_01012015_151146Like I said before, “The condition can be hormonal, physical, psychological, or genetic”. In women, the most common cause of thinning is genetic, also known as Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL) or Female Pattern Baldness (FPB). Being genetic, this patterned baldness is hereditary in nature and passes on with every generation.

After genes, any hormonal instabilities in women can lead to thinning of hair. The most prominent reason for hormonal imbalance in women is pregnancy, birth control pills, or menopause. Unlike Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL), hair thinning due to these imbalances is temporary and subsides as soon as the prevailing condition subsides.

In addition, medical conditions, too, can cause hair thinning. Many health issues often follow a long ailment; thinning of hair is one of them. Although not proven, a long lasting disease may trigger genetic hair loss – which normally occurs after 40 – at an early age. You may build a wrong perception of connecting the hair thinning to the last disease if this triggering happens. Yes, this shouldn’t happen to you or everyone but what is the point of living with a wrong perception. Better, you should talk to a doctor, especially the one who treated you during that ailment, he will have a better idea, to be utmost sure of the actual cause.

Like hormonal conditions, thinning of hair due to a medical issue should eventually subside as well.

Moreover, thinning may be caused by a Scalp infection or a skin disorder such as the following:

  • Ringworm
  • Folliculitis
  • Piedra
  • Demodex folliculorum
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis

Any of these disorders deprive the hair follicles of blood flow by forming a layer of infection. While these infections may cause serious hair problem, they can be simply treated with a visit to a dermatologist.

Alopecia Areata, a disorder in which the body’s immune system actually attacks hair follicles, causes the rarest form of hair thinning. Alopecia Areata prevails for a period and doesn’t need to be treated, necessarily. As soon as the auto-immunity is disabled, quick hair regrowth follows in most cases.

Conclusion:

Start with a treatment and don’t take it lightly thinking it is mere thinning rather than balding. Remember, balding mostly—if not all the time—follows the hair thinning process.

Don’t leave it too late

In the next few parts, I’ll cover:

Part 2: Boosting Hair Growth

Part 3: Making Lifestyle Changes

Part 4: Tips and Warning

 

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